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An Economic History of the World since 1400 Lecture

An Economic History of the World since 1400

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Publisher's Summary

Most of us have a limited understanding of the powerful role economics has played in shaping human civilization. This makes economic history - the study of how civilizations structured their environments to provide food, shelter, and material goods - a vital lens through which to think about how we arrived at our present, globalized moment.

Designed to fill a long-empty gap in how we think about modern history, these 48 lectures are a comprehensive journey through more than 600 years of economic history, from the medieval world to the 21st century. Aimed at the layperson with only a cursory understanding of the field, An Economic History of the World since 1400 reveals how economics has influenced (and been influenced by) historical events and trends, including the Black Death, the Age of Exploration, the Industrial Revolution, the European colonization of Africa, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the birth of personal computing. Professor Harreld has crafted a riveting, centuries-long story of power, glory, and ideology that reveals how, in step with history, economic ideas emerged, evolved, and thrived or died.

Along the way, you'll strengthen your understanding of a range of economic concepts, philosophies, trends, treaties, and organizations, including the mercantile system, Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations, Marxist economics, African independence movements, and the formation of economic organizations including the European Union. You'll also consider provocative questions about the intersection of history and economics. What did the economies of Roosevelt's America and Hitler's Germany have in common? What does history tell us about how nations should dictate economic policy? Can we say that free trade is truly free?

Marvel at just how much we still have to learn about the economic forces that have dictated our past - and that will dictate our future.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 The Great Courses (P)2016 The Teaching Company, LLC

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    Dan 01/11/2016
    Dan 01/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great lecture series"

    At the right pace for non economics people who want to explore more. Well structured

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DELION 05/10/2016
    DELION 05/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting"

    Helps get an other perspective about History thanks to the prism of Economy.
    The good: worldwide scope and very clear explanations

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    J 23/09/2016
    J 23/09/2016
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    "Pretty dry"
    What disappointed you about An Economic History of the World since 1400?

    It is a laundry list of facts, couldn't get pass 2 lectures. Need to work on a story to thread through the facts.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • George H.
    San Francisco
    19/09/16
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    "Wish I'd Taken This Class As an Undergrad!"
    Any additional comments?

    Excellent introductory survey. The half-hour lecture format limits in-depth discussions, but the author packs a lot into each session. Some coverage of non-Euro cultures such as China and Japan as well as the expected chapters on the textile industry, Industrial Revolution, Finance Capitalism, etc.
    This is an inspiring undergrad-level course I wish had been offered when i was in school.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Los Angeles, CA United States
    29/10/16
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    "great book"

    learned more about economics from this book than i did in my 4 years studying econ in college

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cliente de Kindle
    27/10/16
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    "Magnificent"

    This is an extraordinary history of the World. It is much more than an Economic History. It has Political, Social and Racial insights.

    One of the best books. I'm listening to it again!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • S. Fogel
    Uruguay
    23/11/16
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    "Nothing special"

    I found the book to be quite boring. I've listened to many books by the great courses. I really struggled to finish this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tristan
    10/11/16
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    "Slightly incoherent"

    I wish prof. Harreld would drop the written lecture and just talk about the subject he loves.

    As it is, by apparently reading verbatim, he somehow has the worst of both worlds. On the one hand, his delivery sounds stilted and he garbles the meaning of sentences in an effort to sound natural. He refers to "extraordinary taxes," like they were HUGE, but in the next sentence it becomes clear he had meant the word in the legalistic sense of "extra-ordinary," as in ad-hoc. The listener is repeatedly thrown off-course and has to catch back up.

    On the other hand, writing the lecture out hasn't contributed structure or coherence. He jumps back and fourth between times and subjects, introduces big thoughts only to abandon them, fails to wrap up themes or tie events back to his central ideas.

    In short, I couldn't finish it. I got to the opening of global shipping lanes and jumped ship.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mutant Daddy
    USA
    5/10/16
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    "Repetitive in the Extreme"

    A basic history, which is fine. The professor repeats himself so many times that after awhile the listener can predict the exact phrase coming based on the what has been heard before.

    In short, far too much filler in the Parmesan...

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Rick
    27/10/16
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    "Good content, tough to listen"

    If you're going to invest this kind of time into a subject you are obviously interested in it or at the very least, you are curious about it. In that regard, the audio book is interesting and educational. The narrator is tough to listen to. so many mistakes and miscues. How can The Great Courses not edit their audio books? Very disappointing as it took away from the content.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Henry
    St. Albert, AB, Canada
    7/10/16
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    "Excellent Review Economic History"

    This course is delivered in atop quality manner. Easy to listen to. Deserves top marks.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lili Wang
    1/12/16
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    "disappointed"
    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Donald J. Harreld?

    Not from Prof. Harreld. I found his narrative hard to follow after half an hour.


    Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?

    Maybe.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It seems that the professor tried to repeat something from a textbook, not say something from his heart.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from An Economic History of the World since 1400?

    Rather than cut scene, I would make it logically more coherent. It appears to me that most of the book are scattered points, lacking connections.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CollegeKidReviews
    28/11/16
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    "Studying computer science"

    As a computer science student I want to know more about the decisions that brought our economic system to its current state. This book is a great early step.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Amazon Customer
    30/11/16
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    "buy, listen, learn."

    very well researched, excellent presentation. and it does indeed has a scope of 600 years. I really recommend this book to people who want to understand history, other people and themselves, even, better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DaveW
    26/11/16
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    "So "Europe is parochial" & every else is wondrous?"
    What would have made An Economic History of the World since 1400 better?

    A neutral view of the world. This lecturer is a cultural Marxist and delighted at every instance in cultural self loathing. He should reflect on George Orwell's comments on the English intelligentsia and stealing for a poor box. Had he been present at the 1933 Oxford Union King of Country debate, he'd have voted in favour, to the delight of the enemies of freedom.


    What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Just make it a history, not an indoctrination. If he doesn't like anglosphere exceptionalism he should just state it plainly, get over it, and avoid mixing the message all through the text.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Just focus on what happened and the ideas of the time.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from An Economic History of the World since 1400?

    A camera close up on the author studying Cultural Marxism and his expressions of introspection.


    Any additional comments?

    Is this what passes for academia in 2016?

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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